Delaware, a small state with a population estimate of around one million people, is situated between New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, and features landscapes bordering the Delaware River, Atlantic Ocean, and the Delaware Bay. With the majority of its residents in blue-collar jobs, Delaware joins its neighboring states as being home to a mostly industrial population.
The 2017 Delaware Epidemiological Profile reports that alcohol consumption in Delaware is just slightly above the national average, despite a decrease in adult past-month drinking, from 60 percent in 2011 to 53 percent in 2015. Alcohol was the primary substance of abuse in 10 percent of publicly funded addiction treatment admissions. Although alcohol consumption in Delaware is above the national average, it remains one of the lowest rates among Delaware's northeastern neighbors of Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Delaware, like many other northeastern states, is currently in the throes of the opioid crisis affecting the country. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the opioid overdose death rate in Delaware has remained above the national average since 2009 and continues to outpace the country. NIDA also shows data indicating a sharp increase in synthetic opioids throughout Delaware. The explosion of the opioid crisis has paved the way for abuse of drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil, dangerously potent opioids often mixed with powder heroin, and largely responsible for surges in overdose deaths.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cites heroin and prescription opioid painkillers as the biggest threat to the health of Delaware residents, primarily due to cheap, high-purity heroin and an increasing number of prescription opioid abusers turning to heroin as a cheaper alternative. Methamphetamine use in Delaware is reported by the DEA to be largely distributed by Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) and motorcycle gangs; however, treatment admission rates for meth are far less than admissions for opioids and heroin.
Despite the large and growing opioid and heroin concerns in Delaware, the state is home to fewer than fifty substance abuse treatment programs for residents in need. Some of the options for addiction treatment in the state include the following:
Some of the specific populations that Delaware addiction treatment programs can serve include the following:
Different addiction treatment programs in Delaware can accept many different types of payment for services, and some of those include:
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